CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 FIXTURES ARE RELEASED

EXCITEMENT BUILDS AS ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019 FIXTURES ARE RELEASED

• England to open ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at The Oval against South Africa on 30 May
• Lord’s will host a record 5th ICC Cricket World Cup final on 14 July
• India will take on rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford on 16 June
• England play five time and current World Cup champions Australia at Lord’s on 25 June

Somerset has been awarded three games at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the tournament returns to England and Wales next year.
The opening fixture at Taunton will be played under the soon to be installed floodlights when Afghanistan face New Zealand on Saturday 8th June 2019. The second fixture will be highly anticipated by all when the current champions face the winners of the Champions Trophy with Pakistan v Australia on Wednesday 12th June 2019. Finally, Taunton will host Bangladesh v West Indies on Monday 17th June 2019.
England will play the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup England and Wales 2019 at The Oval against South Africa on 30 May 2019.
The tournament will culminate in a record fifth final at a packed Lord’s Cricket Ground – the Home of Cricket – on 14 July 2019.
Edgbaston and Old Trafford will host semi-finals on 9 and 11 July, respectively and Old Trafford will host the much-anticipated India v Pakistan match on 16 June 2019.
In total, 11 venues will be used for the 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Lord’s and The Oval will be used in London, in addition to Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Riverside, Headingley, Hampshire Bowl, Trent Bridge and The County Ground, Taunton.
The ECB was awarded the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in 2006 following its withdrawal from the bidding to host the 2015 World Cup. This is the first time that a ICC Cricket World Cup has been held in the UK since 1999. ECB hosted the first three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments in 1975, 1979 and 1983.
Somerset CEO Andrew Cornish is delighted with our fixtures: “Somerset County Cricket Club are honoured to be a host venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Today’s announcement of the finalised fixtures brings in to sharp focus exactly what cricket fans can expect to enjoy in June next year.
“To open our fixtures with a day/night game will be outstanding. An international match under lights featuring the team who finished as runners up in the last tournament is the perfect way for us to showcase what Taunton has to offer.
“To be able to follow that fixture with a clash between the current World Champions and the Champions Trophy holders is a genuine feather in the cap for us.
“Given our links to the West Indies over the years, I am sure that their visit will also prove to be hugely popular with cricket fans in the region and, of course, further afield.
“We saw in 2017 with our IT20 that the appetite for International cricket here in the South West is enormous. That match proved to be of huge benefit to the local economy as a whole and it is excellent news for the whole region that these matches will be held in Taunton next summer.
“I am in no doubt that these matches will be hugely memorable for everyone who attends, and we are delighted to be part of what promises to be a genuine festival of cricket.”
Cllr Mark Edwards, Deputy Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: “It’s brilliant to be part of all the cricket celebrations for next year’s Cricket World Cup. Sports fans can be assured of a very warm welcome and we hope they enjoy visiting this beautiful part of the world. The cricket ground itself is in the heart of the town – a wonderful setting for a world competition.”
Steve Elworthy, the ECB Tournament Director, added: ‘‘Today’s announcement of the schedule is another important moment in the build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – the moment that the tournament comes to life for teams and cricket lovers across the world. This is the flagship event in one day cricket.
“There are some fantastic head to head fixtures – England v Australia at Lord’s and India v Pakistan at Old Trafford as well as England v India at Edgbaston spring to mind. As organisers we can promise the teams and fans we will work hard to provide the perfect stage for this event.
“Because of the UK’s diverse population, every competing team will also be guaranteed a ‘home crowd’ every time they play at some of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world.
“The Cricket World Cup is the 3rd most watched global event and has huge interest and appeal amongst cricket fans. Our ambition is to grow the game and deliver the greatest ever cricket celebration and with that in mind we have very carefully developed our ticket prices. The prices have been tested with thousands of fans over the last 6 months, we have used external experts and consulted widely to ensure that they are good value vs other global sporting events. The prices balance accessibility with delivering the investment required to deliver a world class event. All revenue is invested back in the game to grow cricket. Notably, we have will offer:

• 80,000+ tickets at £20 (over half of the group stage matches)
• 200,000+ tickets at £50 or less
• Child tickets at every match, starting from £6
• Family of 4 for £52

After facing South Africa at The Oval, England will then play ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistan at Nottingham on 3 June, Bangladesh at Cardiff on 8 June, the Windies at Southampton 14 June and Afghanistan at Old Trafford on 18 June.
In the all-play-all 10-team format, England will conclude their first-round matches against the 1996 champions Sri Lanka at Headingley on 21 June, then Australia at Lord’s on 25 June, India at Edgbaston on 30 June and New Zealand at Durham on 3 July.
Reigning champions Australia start against qualifiers Afghanistan at Bristol in a day/night fixture on 1 June, the ICC Champions Trophy holders Pakistan will play the 1975 and 1979 ICC Cricket World Cup winners West Indies on 31 May at Trent Bridge in their first fixture while India’s opening game is against South Africa on 5 June at Southampton.
The full schedule can be accessed here.
Fans will have the opportunity to be the first to apply for tickets during the Cricket Family Ballot, which opens at 10AM on Tuesday 8 May.
Members of the Cricket Family can pre-register their accounts from Tuesday 1 May in preparation for the ballot, which will remain open until 8pm on Friday 1 June.
Those eligible for the Cricket Family Ballot will receive a specific URL via email in the coming few days.
Ticket prices for each ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 fixture can be found here
Details about Hospitality packages will be released later this summer on cricketworldcup.com
Register to be part of the Cricket Family Ballot by signing up here ahead of 8 May.

Brewhouse ambitions unveiled

A dramatic change in the fortunes of The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton has seen the reincarnation of the venue under new management with the venue likened to a Phoenix rising from the ashes.  Now, three years after reopening, new images showing how the theatre could be transformed from an outdated venue to the talk of the town are being unveiled.

Taunton Deane Borough Council, owner of the Taunton venue, has been working with Taunton Theatre Association (TTA) and partners on plans to expand and revitalise the 70s building. New plans will create a 21st century regional arts centre to enlighten, engage and entertain people, for generations to come. The cost is expected to be around £20 million and the ambitious project could be delivered in three to four years subject to a funding package being secured from a variety of sources.

The plan was inspired by work with Arts Taunton in 2016 which illustrated what could be achieved to make the most of the space in the future. The venue would dovetail with the wider regeneration of the Coal Orchard area and add to Taunton’s arts and culture scene.

Cllr Mark Edwards, whose portfolio includes the arts, culture and business, said: “Our Council has a strong track record of supporting arts and culture, illustrated by its continuing support for the Brewhouse even through the dark days of 2013, when the venue was forced to close.   We also support a wide range of cultural activities and events locally, such as the annual Somerfest taking place on 17 June.

“It is great to see the venue forging ahead since those troubled times, under the new and excellent management of TTA.  These plans reflect the shared ambition of the Council and TTA to take the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre to a new level, as a regional venue in the South West.”

Cllr Roger Habgood, Executive Councillor for planning and transport, added: “We are really excited about these plans because they are not ‘pipe dreams’.  They have been drawn up carefully with an eye to what will be commercially viable and deliverable in Taunton. The plans form part of a comprehensive regeneration of the whole Coal Orchard area –  all about creating a vibrant and thriving new place on the River Tone that will be buzzing with activity at all times of the day and into the evening.  Experts and architects have confirmed that there is ample space for the Brewhouse expansion as part of a wider comprehensive development, as envisaged in the Taunton Rethink.”

Working with specialist architects and theatre experts, the council can now reveal how The Brewhouse could transform to be the jewel on the River Tone. The improved venue will permit an enriched programme of live performances and activities for all, with improved acoustic for musical concerts, better facilities for national touring productions and exhibitions and 200 extra seats available for audiences for popular shows, including comedians.

The revitalised theatre would wrap around the existing, enlarged auditorium working in harmony to preserve the adjoining listed 18th century building. This would provide a range of new and modern spaces such as studios, cinema and gallery while making the most of the river frontage and creating the potential for pop-up performances, markets and events.

Vanessa Lefrancois, Chief Executive of The Brewhouse Theatre, said: “Leading the revival of The Brewhouse has been an exhilarating experience.  Everyone should be able to access great art, it should not be due to an incidental postcode or happy coincidence.  This is why The Brewhouse’s success is so important, we don’t simply want to survive, we want to thrive and in order to do that we need to be ambitious, brave and bold.

“The plans unveiled today will enable us to be all those things for the benefit of those who live, work or visit the region now and in the future.  We are delighted to be working with Borough Council to turn our vision into a reality and become a vibrant regional hub growing and presenting world-class talent.

Val Hammond, who chairs Taunton Theatre Association (TTA), said: ““We’re proud that nearly four years of innovative work with the support of the people of Taunton have enabled TTA to bring the Brewhouse back to life.  We’re delighted now to work with the Council to create this visionary and versatile venue that will enable us to do so much more to bring high quality entertainment and culture of all kinds to the people of Taunton and the Region more generally.”

The images and the evolution of the detailed plan illustrate the council’s commitment to The Brewhouse, the arts and their important role in Taunton’s evolving cultural story.

A lot of backstage work has taken place that helps set the scene for the next act to take the project forward. This will include working with partners to create a funding package as well as creating the final design and securing the right permissions to deliver the new centre.

“Securing the funds needed to deliver these ambitious plans for the Brewhouse expansion will not be easy, but having a viable and deliverable plan is a vital first step.  The Borough Council is now committed to working closely with TTA, Arts Taunton and others to secure the necessary funds to bring our ambitions to reality,” said Cllr John Williams, Leader of the Council.

Contact:

Taunton Deane Borough Council: Cllr Mark Edwards Executive Councillor for Business Development, Asset Management and Communications 07860 172749

Debbie Rundle, Public & Media Relations Officer 01823 356407 or 07714 759899

Taunton Theatre Association

 

 

 

 

 

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